The Minister of Labour today notified Air Canada and the Airline Division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing Air Canada flight attendants, that she has appointed today two mediators, Thomas Dinan and Elizabeth MacPherson, to help the two parties reach a negotiated settlement without a labour disruption. As the Minister decided not to appoint a conciliation commissioner or to establish a conciliation board, CUPE will be in a legal strike position as of 23:59 EDT Wednesday, July 7, 1999. CUPE have not notified Air Canada of any possible strike date.
“We are pleased that mediators have been appointed and we are available to meet immediately,” said Robert Milton, President and Chief Operating Officer. “Air Canada remains committed to obtaining a fair and reasonable negotiated agreement with our flight attendants.”
In the event of a strike, Air Canada would ground its operations and customers would need to seek alternate travel arrangements.
Should Air Canada be notified of a strike date, customers with reduced fare tickets on Air Canada operated flights would be able to exchange tickets or obtain full refunds without penalty. Holders of full fare tickets are always able to obtain refunds or exchange tickets without penalty. Holders of Aeroplan reward tickets booked to travel would be able to change reservations to an alternate date on Air Canada without penalty or obtain a full credit of redeemed miles.
Flights operated by Air Canada`s regional airlines, AirBC, Air Ontario, Air Alliance and Air Nova, as well as Air Canada codeshare flights operated by the airline`s partners including United Airlines, Lufthansa, SAS, Air New Zealand EVA Air and Royal Jordanian would continue to operate in the event of a strike. Tickets issued for these flights will continue to be subject to standard conditions regarding refunds and change fees.
Air Canada urges its customers to consult newspaper advertisements that it will run on a regular basis, as well as its website at www.aircanada.ca, to obtain updated information as the situation evolves.